Belhaven Leadership Council

2018-19 BELHAVEN LEADERSHIP COUNCIL (BLC)

The Belhaven Leadership Council (BLC) is the student leadership arm of the Belhaven University student body. As such, its members serve as the primary student body representatives. Students are encouraged to communicate their interests, questions and concerns to BLC officers.

The BLC exists to serve the best interests of the student body by giving distinctive Christian leadership in all areas of its influence.

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Ariel Campos Tamera Lairy Alisa Nipp Cornelius Mitchell Erika Smith Erin Campagna Hannah Haaland Kobe Van Someren Satterica Willis Taylor Williams Tia Toines Zoe Walker
Ariel Campos

Ariel Campos (President)

E-mailblcpresident@belhaven.edu

Hometown:  Arlington, Texas

Major/Minor:  Graphic Design/Marketing

Hobbies:  Binge watching on Netflix, working out

What do you like most about Belhaven?

I love the class sizes and the one on one time you get with your professors. All of the professors here at Belhaven University truly care about your development as a student and as a Christian. They will challenge you mentally and spiritually. I also love the diversity and the opportunity to meet people from all around the world. You can make some of your lifelong friends here!

What advice would you give to all students?

I would advise all students to do something at Belhaven, no matter what that is. Involvement is an important key to building friendships and connections with those around you. When you are involved, that allows you to lead, work alongside and serve others well.

For you, why BLC?

BLC has helped me become the leader I never knew I could be. It has made me aware of my strengths and weaknesses and how I can use them to help others. Being in a leadership position is less about myself and more about a team that serves the student body, faculty/staff and our community.

Tamera Lairy

Tamera Lairy (Vice President)

E-mailblcvicepresident@belhaven.edu

Hometown:  Brandon, Miss.

Major/Minor:  Sports Medicine and Exercise Science

Hobbies:  Creating Artwork, Exercising, Journaling, and Reading.

What do you like most about Belhaven?

I love how easy it is to get involved, the environment created by students who are striving for success, and the foundational faith and opportunity for spiritual growth that Belhaven offers. Belhaven is not just a school, it’s a community, and it’s a place that I personally have found comfort in.

What advice would you give to all students?

I would give students the advice to make mistakes. If you aren’t making mistakes, you aren’t learning, and if you aren’t learning, you aren’t growing. I would advise them to come to Belhaven with an open mind and an open heart to what God has in store for them for this season in their life.

For you, why BLC?

I choose BLC because I would love to see more people involved in campus activities. I choose BLC because I love making connections. I choose, BLC because of the opportunity to honor Belhaven’s verse, “to serve and not to be served” and see Belhaven grow in community as a campus. BLC has become so much more than a council. To me, BLC is a way I can pour out what the Lord has poured into my heart over my years here at Belhaven University.

Alisa Nipp

Alisa Nipp (Activities Intern)

E-mailactivitiesintern@belhaven.edu

Hometown:  Laguna Hills, Calif.

Major/Minor:  Dance

Hobbies:  Drawing, reading, exploring new places

What do you like most about Belhaven?

Genuine friendships. I am surrounded by a community of people who can carry deep conversations as well as go on silly adventures. Many have encouraged me in my faith and have become like family.

What advice would you give to all students?

Try something new or different. Take risks and leave your comfort zone. You never know what special opportunities, unique experiences, and wonderful people will enter your life because you took a step outside of the ordinary.

For you, why BLC?

I love the people and what they do. BLC is an amazing team who seeks to serve the student body by organizing fun social activities, creating unique ministry opportunities, and encouraging new relational connections. For me, being involved wherever I am is important. So, I seek to share my gifts and passions wherever I can.

Cornelius Mitchell

Cornelius Mitchell (BLC Intern)

E-mailblcintern@belhaven.edu

Hometown:  Jacksonville, Fla.

Major/Minor:  Sports Management

Hobbies:  Watching movies, Playing Basketball, Video Games, Having a good time with friends

What do you like most about Belhaven?

Everyone at Belhaven is like family. Each person wants the best for you and want to see you be successful. The faculty want to help you not only in the classroom but also in life they want to see you grow.

What advice would you give to all students?

Get involved and plugged in. This will make your time at Belhaven fun and exciting. Also take advantage of the Think Center; it's a great tool to use when you need help with any school work.

For you, why BLC?

BLC is a great opportunity to help seve the students and campus through a leadership role it allows you to develop more strengths and grow in your weakness. BLC also pushes you to get outside of your comfort zone by challenging you in ways you may not expect.

Erika Smith

Erika Smith (Marketing Intern)

E-mailblcmarketingintern@belhaven.edu

Hometown:  Canton, Kan.

Major/Minor:  Graphic Design

Hobbies:Basketball, crocheting, long walks on the beach

What do you like most about Belhaven?

I love that it’s an area where you are encouraged by faculty and staff to grow in your faith.

What advice would you give to all students?

Don’t try to be someone you’re not for the sake of being liked by others. Be okay with authentically being who the Lord designed you to be.

For you, why BLC?

Joining BLC has already called me to trust deeper in what God has for me at BU. I want to help others, especially new students, have a meaningful and fulfilling experience at Belhaven.

Erin Campagna

Erin Campagna (Ministry Intern)

E-mailblcministryintern@belhaven.edu

Hometown: Kennesaw, Ga.

Major/Minor: Acting, Singing, Drinking Tea and Coffee, Going to Group Fitness Classes, Listening to Podcasts, Trying Yummy food, Hiking/Going exploring with friends.

Hobbies:  Exercising, Reading and Journaling

What do you like most about Belhaven?

The people, the faculty, and the ability to openly to share our faith.

What advice would you give to all students?

1. Amidst all the craziness find what makes you come alive and focus on doing that. 2. Create boundaries for yourself, but also find ways to push yourself outside your comfort zone. 3. Don’t stress about the homework too much, just try to enjoy the little things every day.

For you, why BLC?

BLC is an incredible opportunity to be creative and serve the campus while growing personally and professionally. Getting involved can change your life, so I say, "Why not?"

Hannah Haaland

Hannah Haaland (Recreation Coordinator)

E-mailrecreation@belhaven.edu

Hometown:  Spring, Texas

Major/Minor:  Elementary Education

Hobbies:  Hanging out with friends, playing card/board games, watching/playing sports.

What do you like most about Belhaven?

What I like most about Belhaven is the community of the school. The people are kind and very friendly and welcoming; you are always able to find someone willing to lend a helping hand.

What advice would you give to all students?

Some advice I would give to all students is to find somewhere on campus to get connected and plugged in with other students.

For you, why BLC?

I chose to be a part of BLC because I wanted to be able to serve the student body and the campus of Belhaven in a bigger way than how I was serving in previous years. I want to create fun and inviting activities for students to take part in and help them make memories that will last.

Kobe Van Someren

Kobe Van Someren (Campus Life Coordinator)

E-mailcampuslife@belhaven.edu

Hometown:  Caledonia, Miss.

Major/Minor:  Intercultural Studies major, Biblical Studies and Philosophy minor

Hobbies:  Reading, writing, volunteering, spending time with family and friends

What do you like most about Belhaven?

For me, the best part about Belhaven has been the community. From faculty and staff who genuinely care for you, to amazing people apart of the student body, Belhaven provides the support and encouragement that I have needed in my walk with Christ. The campus is so diverse and there is a place for everyone to become a part of the Belhaven family.

What advice would you give to all students?

I would say to be open to the plans the Lord has for you. Coming from someone who has changed major four times, being open to the Lord’s will is crucial to understanding the path that is the best to take. So much will happen throughout college and I would simply advise to be as cognizant of the Lord’s presence as one can be and to pursue Him wholeheartedly.

For you, why BLC?

BLC has had the biggest impact on my time here at Belhaven in terms of personal, professional, and spiritual growth. This office is something that has supported me, challenged me, and stretched me beyond measure and yet the Lord’s love and grace has been prevalent at every step of the way. BLC offers me the opportunity to love and serve the student body in a way like no other and I am humbled to be a part of this team which is a vessel of ministry throughout the entire campus.

Saterrica Willis

Saterrica Willis (Ministry Coordinator)

E-mailministry@belhaven.edu

Hometown:  Arlington, Texas

Major/Minor:  Social Work

Hobbies:  Reading, hanging out with Friends, traveling, working out

What do you like most about Belhaven?

I love how small the school is because you’re so connected with the staff and faculty. They are so personal with you and care not only about your academic life, but also your personal/spiritual life. Also, the small class size is good too because it makes for a better learning environment.

What advice would you give to all students?

College is fun and full of different activities and new experiences you can do, but ultimately you are here to graduate and so that needs to be your priority. Also, with that, do not procrastinate, you’ll regret it.

For you, why BLC?

I chose to apply on BLC mainly because I love serving and because BLC has helped me grow as a leader for Christ. This experience has been growing and challenging, but at the end of it I come out of it as a different and better person. If you want an opportunity to grow in leadership and be challenged to be a better person overall, apply to be on BLC.

Taylor Williams

Taylor Williams (Intramurals Coordinator)

E-mailashleyereed@students.belhaven.edu

Hometown:  Hattiesburg, Miss.

Major/Minor:  Sports Medicine and Exercise Science major/Psychology minor

Hobbies:  I like to play basketball or watch basketball games, journaling, sometimes I read African American fiction books in my spare time, other times I like to do crossword puzzles.

What do you like most about Belhaven?

The relatively small classes is what I like most about Belhaven. You can develop a relationship with your professor and can meet with them quickly if you need assistance with classwork.

What advice would you give to all students?

I advise all students to take an advantage of the opportunities presented on campus. There are several clubs a student can join. We are also provided with free tutoring, numerous campus events for students, and discounted prices for counseling services.

For you, why BLC?

Belhaven Leadership Council provides me with a challenge. I love the idea of working as a team, but there is also a chance for me to grow individually. I can gain professional skills and basic life skills that will be beneficial towards my future.

Tia Toines

Tia Toines (Activities Coordinator)

E-mailactivities@belhaven.edu

Hometown:  Flowood, Miss.

Major/Minor:  Sports Medicine and Exercise Science

Hobbies:  Everything sports related, from basketball to water polo I love it all! Drinking coffee like it is water. Binge watching Netflix. Reading, writing, watching TED Talks, and spending time with friends/family.

What do you like most about Belhaven?

From the moment that I set foot on Belhaven’s campus, I felt like I was more than just a statistic that made up the student body. I was a name, and I mattered. You don’t simply find that everywhere.

What advice would you give to all students?

Find who YOU want to be. Just because you’re figuring it out, doesn't mean that you are failing. Find out what your why is, and once you do, don't let anything or anyone deter you from living that truth.

For you, why BLC?

Every bone in my body was telling me, that I didn’t have a chance at being a part of leadership. Every direction that I turned seemed to give me another reason why I couldn’t. But I decided to stop taking no for an answer a long time ago. I can’t wait to serve the students of this campus and be a part of something far greater than myself!

Zoe Walker

Zoe Walker (Marketing Coordinator)

E-mailblcmarketing@belhaven.edu

Hometown:  Smyrna, Tenn.

Major/Minor:  Graphic Design

Hobbies:  Reading books, watching movies, hanging out with friends

What do you like most about Belhaven?

I appreciate the small class sizes, the sense of community we have among the students and teachers, as well as the relationship that teachers share with the students. Teachers truly want us to succeed and graduate prepared in our fields of practice. There are also are so many ways to get connected on campus from organizations to ministries.

What advice would you give to all students?

Stay focused on your studies but do not forget to surround yourself with people who will support and challenge you in your classes and spiritual walk. Making friends that will walk alongside you through this journey to adulthood, who are authentic and loving, is vital to enjoying your college experience.

For you, why BLC?

I enjoy the experience of working with others on a team that have a common goal of bringing glory to Christ through the gifts and talents He has blessed us with. We push each other to reach our potential of being Christian leaders while also bringing the fun on campus. Through coordinating events and service opportunities we are given a platform to serve the students here on campus. This is an opportunity I believe blesses not only the students but the BLC team as well by being the hands and feet of Christ.


Cleland Hall, Room 106 (BLC President)
601-968-8837 (BLC President)
BLC Campus Mailbox: #168